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School holiday creative family activities at SAM

The Shepparton Art Museum is offering a week of school holiday activities to allow kids to explore their creativity from Monday 21 to Friday 25 January at SAM and in the Maude Street Mall.

The activities range from large scale outdoor drawing using colourful electrical tape to hand sewing a soft toy and participating in an oversized weaving project. SAM is partnering with Activities in the Park and the GV Libraries to run some of the workshops.

“Holidays at SAM are always an excitingly creative time,” said SAM Curator Lara Merrington. “Both children and adults take away something more than just an artwork – they build on their personal and professional creativity, their confidence, and learn new techniques and approaches to art while meeting new friends.”

“I would encourage anyone who would like to introduce their children to the museum to book into one of our workshops and find out what else is on offer at SAM,” she said. “We also have some wonderfully imaginative, colourful artworks on display in the Craftivism exhibition at the moment so take some time to relax and explore the galleries.”

“SAM has an after school Art Club which is very popular and also a SAM Little Hands series for younger children, which allows them to play and get messy while participating in fun art activities. If you are planning what you might want your children to be involved in this year then come and have a chat to one of our SAM staff who can provide all the information.”

The School Holiday program includes:

Tape It

Collaborative Drawing

Monday 21 January, 10am-3.00pm at Maude Street Mall.

All ages. Free. Artist: Briony Barr

Using colourful electrical tape kids will collectively create a large-scale floor drawing and take over the mall. Based on rules provided by Briony Barr the board-game like collaborative artwork will morph with patterns and colours. Held in conjunction with Activities in the Park.

Sew a Softie

Hand sewing for kids

Tuesday 22 January, 10.30am-noon or 1pm-2.30pm at SAM

For 5 to 14 years. $5.

Goulburn Valley Libraries and SAM are bringing Sew a Softie to Shepparton! Using simple hand-sewing techniques and their imaginations, children will sew a soft toy which will be exhibited at SAM and the Shepparton Library. Join Rhyme & Storytime at 10.30am on Monday 21 January for stories about teddies and then make a softie at SAM on Tuesday.

Weave ’n Play

Experimental Weaving

Wed 23 Jan, 10am-11.30pm or noon-1.30pm or

2pm-3.30pm at SAM.

For families. $5. Tutor: Slow Art Collective.

Join artists from Slow Art Collective and help make a cubbyhouse inside SAM! Part architecture and part over-sized loom, this large-scale installation invites participants to play, imagine and learn how to weave.

Slow Down World

Reading and Workshop

Thu 24 Jan, 10.30am – 2.00pm at SAM

For families. $10. Tutor: Tai Snaith

Join artist and author Tai Snaith for a reading of her children’s picture book which was long-listed for the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards. Slow Down World takes us on a journey towards living in the present moment. The reading will be followed by a practical workshop where kids will use clay and paper to collage pictures of their world.

Cut and Paste

Collage Workshop

Fri 25 Jan, 10.30am to 12.00pm, ages 6 - 10. $5.

1.00pm to 2.30pm, ages 11 - 16. $5.

Explore ideas of collage and identity reflected in SAM’s current exhibition Craftivism. In this workshop participants will create their own collage or mood-board, reflecting themselves or a feeling/idea important to them.

The activities are suitable for a range of ages and are free or low cost. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited – click here to book.


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